Even the best golfers have bad days. Even the pros doubt their ability from time to time. If there’s a golfer you play with whom you admire, chances are if you asked them, they would admit to feeling less than perfect on the course at times. Sometimes you just can’t hit at well as you want to, and that feeling can compound, and make you feel more frustrated.
What to do
A bit of advice from some of the pros: head back to the range when this happens. If you’re in the middle of a game and you feel like your swing is gone, sometimes it’s best to stop play, and head to the range to practice. Finishing a game when your swing isn’t acting like normal can mess with your head, and make it harder to head back out on the course again.
Focus on the swing drills that you know and love, and work on getting your swing back. Sometimes it’s a small something that’s off, maybe you haven’t played in weeks or months, and you need to go back to basics. Golf is a game of drills and practice, so don’t feel ashamed to head back to basics to build your game back up.
Take a look at the stomping drill, used by pros. Some claim that it helps you improve your timing, balance, shifting weight and your footwork. Most people let their body rotate toward their target too soon. When they’re hitting the iron, they let their body go, and it rotates, throwing off their swing. If you can delay your rotation during your practice, you’ll improve your swing path, and you won’t cut across the ball too much.
Start the drill by grabbing an iron and getting your posture set. Stand with your feet close together. When you’re starting your backswing, sidestep away from your target, using your back foot. When you reach the top of your backswing, take your front foot and lift it up, sidestepping toward your target. Before you swing down into the ball, plant your foot like a stomp.
If you do this drill correctly, you’ll learn when exactly to shift your weight for the best swing. By practicing this drill, your backswing will be completed before you start your downswing, which syncs your swing up nicely. The benefit of the stomp is that it teaches you exactly when you push off the ground, which gives your swing more power.
As with anything you need to practice to make it work. Sometimes if something feels off on the course it’s best to head back to basics and focus on the small stuff. Take a second to collect yourself at your remote control golf caddy, and move on. Try different drills and see which make you feel like you’re improving your swing, or bringing you back to speed. Practice doesn’t make perfect, unless you’re willing to put in the right amount of practice time. If your swing falls apart, find the right drill to bring it back together.